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Having just gone thru this process in moving to my new G5, I suggesed this method to a user on another forum who was having trouble. They then suggested that I post the hint here. Being so basic, I didn't think it was new or unique and warranted posting, but here goes.

To move your mail accounts, mailboxes and emails to a new computer manually, locate the "Mail" and "Mail Downloads" folders in your user's Library folder, and move them to the same location on your new computer. Also copy your Mail preferences file, com.apple.Mail.plist, located in your user's Library/Preferences folder to the same location on your new computer. That file contains your account information, along with the usual appearance settings, etc.

Those two items are also the ones to back up if you don't have a .Mac account and use its sync feature.

[robg adds: Basic, but I don't think every newcomer to the Mac will know about it, so here it is. Mail does have an importer which works quite well, but this method will create an exact clone of your old setup...]
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Move Mail accounts and messages to a new Mac
Authored by: mindsnare1349 on Mar 30, '06 07:32:28AM

My experience is that if you want Mac B to have the same mails like Mac A has, then you have to mount Mac B on Mac A and then copy... do NOT mount Mac A on Mac B or else you end up with write protected folders even if the users have the same names.



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Move Mail accounts and messages to a new Mac
Authored by: skrawcke on Mar 30, '06 08:29:09AM

why not use Migration Assistant in the utility folder.. that way you get all your preferences and bookmarks?



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Move Mail accounts and messages to a new Mac
Authored by: lpbagley on Mar 30, '06 09:16:35AM

Having just migrated from a first generation G5 iMac to a new Intel iMac, you don't want to use Migration Assistant and spend an extra few days replacing over written "Universal" or "Intel only" files and settings.

The best way to move/migrate settings in this situation is by individual moves (as described) from backup files.



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Move Mail accounts and messages to a new Mac
Authored by: skrawcke on Mar 30, '06 10:40:17AM

you could have only moved your users and NOT the applications, /Library, and any system stuff.. I have moved 15 users over to the new MacBook Pro with no issues.



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Move Mail accounts and messages to a new Mac
Authored by: callefjant on Mar 30, '06 01:40:08PM

..a tip for those Mac newcomers who are already in progress of migrating to an ever newwe Mac.. compared to me, still living with a Cube.. merde, my wishes for an Intel Ibook this weekend..



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